The Brazilian intends to be next season’s Argentinean team-mate, but the president of the Ligue 1 club has refused to stoke the debate – Reports Goal.
Neymar has taken a one-way path to attract Lionel Messi’s attention, but discretion could be the order of the day for President Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Paris Saint-Germain.
Moments after coming off the pitch at Manchester United following PSG’s 3-1 Champions League victory, Neymar said he hoped to be reunited with former Barcelona team-mate Messi in 2021.
Should Neymar be serious about that wish, this ignited an unavoidable discussion about how it could happen.
PSG would seem better placed to sign Messi than Barcelona would be suited to re-sign Neymar, provided that he will be available at the end of this season on a free transfer.
It would be a remarkable coup for PSG and President Al-Khelaifi to land the Argentine forward – the all-time top scorer for La Liga.
Al-Khelaifi was asked about the possibility of Messi coming to Paris during the French talk show Touche Pas a Mon Poste.
“Messi is a Barcelona player. I can’t talk about that,” Al-Khelaifi responded.
Al-Khelaifi then joked that he was in Barcelona at the time, but later quashed rumors by stressing that he was in London indeed.
On Wednesday, Neymar was not nearly as diplomatic when he told ESPN: “What I want most is to play again with Messi.”
“I would like to play with him. I’ll let him play in my position if he wants! Next year we have to play together for sure.”
In his career, Neymar’s two goals in PSG’s win over United brought him to 38 in the Champions League. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (79), Robert Lewandowski (60), and Messi (59) have scored more since his 2013 debut.
He, Messi, and Luis Suarez forged a three-pronged Barcelona attack, called the MSN forward line before Neymar abruptly left in 2017 when PSG decided to comply with his contract’s buyout clause.
In September, Suarez left to join Atletico Madrid, leaving Messi as the sole survivor of the three, but he also signaled his intention to depart.
At the end of last season, Barcelona declined to let Messi go on a free transfer, resisting the player’s urge to move on when Manchester City appeared to be his possible destination.